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Montana House Votes to Repeal Law Criminalizing Gay Sex

The Montana House today voted 65-34 in a final vote repealing Montana's sodomy law, the Kaimin reports:

MontanaThe bill, which now heads to Gov. Bullock's desk, removes language in the state's deviate sexual conduct law that makes criminal homosexual acts between consenting adults and subjects those found guilty up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The law currently reads: "'Deviate sexual relations' means sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of the same sex or any form of sexual intercourse with an animal."

The portion of the law was struck down by the Montana Supreme Court in 1997 and has since been unenforced, yet the law remained on the books.

Previously...
Gay Montana Lawmaker Makes Emotional Plea to Decriminalize Homosexuality — VIDEO

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  1. Any chance we can find out who the 34 folks who wanted to KEEP it were?!?!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 10, 2013 7:21:49 PM


  2. They should have let the Republicans have the law. If anyone is charged with sodomy criminal offense they can just $ue the state until the state goes bankrupt.

    Posted by: Ant | Apr 10, 2013 7:28:54 PM


  3. 10 years in jail could be translated to 10 million dollars per wrongly jailed victim.

    Posted by: Ant | Apr 10, 2013 7:49:38 PM


  4. Sad that over 1/3 of Montana legislators do not believe homosexuality should be legal, but they lost and that's all that matters. This is a good step in the right direction for Montana and Bryce Bennett saved the bill at the last moment and it barely passed the first reading so he deserves a ton of credit and praise, along with the powerful speech he gave. Congrats to Montana LGBT citizens!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 10, 2013 8:14:22 PM


  5. oh god, cooch is behind even montana?! what an embarrassment.

    Posted by: jenn | Apr 11, 2013 8:33:09 AM


  6. Imagine how hard it would be to work with those 34 members who voted no. Congrats to the gay State Representative who worked to get rid of this archaic law.

    Posted by: Mike Triggs | Apr 11, 2013 8:35:27 AM


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